Because it’s Monday and because I’m going to temporarily forget about the button incident. We’re going to roll with a Peanut Butter Cheesecake.
Full Disclosure: I was not going to post this cheesecake because I didn’t like the way the photos turned out. But Jennifer was all up in my grill with “where is the cheesecake” business and
strong-armed convinced me to share.
It really was delicious – like a giant peanut butter cup. Unlike the first one I made which was terrible. So I tweaked it a bit. More importantly, I didn’t forget about it, leave it in the oven to become dried out, and end up with the texture of sawdust. Oops.
I was in a hurry with this one because we were going to a family cookout, so I manhandled it more than I should have. Given the way the first one turned out I wanted to test this before exposing anyone to a culinary disaster. After moving it around a bunch it developed some cracks on the top, so I jammed a fork down in there and dug out a bite. Thank goodness it was delicious and I covered up the damage with some Chocolate Ganache. Again – full disclosure. I’m just trying to be honest here and keep things legit.
Happy Monday, ya’ll!
Peanut Butter Cheesecake
For the Crust
- 2 1/4 cups graham crumbs
- 4 tablespoons sugar
- 2 tablespoons dark cocoa powder
- 10 tablespoons butter melted
For the Cheesecake
- 5 8 ounce blocks cream cheese
- 1 2/3 cups sugar
- 1/2 cup flour
- 2 tablespoons vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
- 1 cup peanut butter - I used Reese's
- 6 eggs
For the Ganache
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
Put cream cheese in bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and mix on medium-low until fluffy, 3-4 minutes.
Meanwhile make crust.
Combine graham crumbs, sugar, cocoa, and melted butter. Press into bottom and up sides of a spring form pan. Wrap 2 pieces of heavy aluminum foil around pan and set aside
Sift sugar and flour together and add to cream cheese a little bit at a time while mixing on medium low.
Add vanilla bean paste and peanut butter, mix on medium-low until combined
Add eggs one at a time, incorporating each before the next addition
Tap mixer bowl with batter in it on counter a couple of times and set aside for 20 - 30 minutes.This allows the air bubbles to come up and prevent cracking
While batter rests, preheat oven to 350
Pour batter into prepared spring form pan. Set spring form pan into a large roasting pan and fill with boiling water about halfway up sides of spring form pan.
Bake at 350 for 45 minutes
Reduce heat to 325 and bake an additional 45 minutes
Turn off oven, crack door, and leave in oven another 30 minutes
Remove from oven, let cool completely and chill in refrigerator overnight
Heat cream in a small sauce pant until steamy, pour over chocolate chips and stir until melted and combined
Spread over top of the cheesecake (unlike my photos - chill again for the ganache to set - about 30 minutes to 1 hour or more)
Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice
Oh this cheesecake is just calling my name! I love the peanut butter in here. I think this is acceptable to eat for breakfast, right?! 🙂
100% acceptable, Gayle! 🙂
This just made my monday better!! Looks absolutely glorious and decadent. <3
Thanks Jessie! I’m glad I could make your Monday better!
Never had peanut butter cheesecake and I’m definitely missing out!!! This looks delicious! Pinned!
Thanks Mira! If you like peanut butter I think you will like this cheesecake. Thanks for Pinning!
Heather - Butter & Burlap
This is my first time to your site and I’m so impressed by the recipes and the photos! I’ve never tried peanut butter cheesecake but I’m certain I must change that immediately. Glad I stopped by, great recipe!
Hi Heather! Thank you so much for stopping by and for you kind compliments! Peanut butter anything makes me happy! 🙂
Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic
Doesn’t matter how it looks as long as it’s delicious! And actually this looks pretty good to me 🙂
Thanks Bianca! It was delicious! I’m my own worst critic! 🙂
Erin @ Miss Scrambled Egg
Rachelle – I love cheesecake especially when peanut butter is involved! Thank you for sharing and tweaking the recipe. 😀
Erin, believe me when I tell you that you want nothing to do with the first one – peanut butter or not! 🙂
Linda @ Veganosity
Yum! I’m going to have to try and make this vegan. It looks delicious.
Yes! That’s an awesome idea, Linda! Good luck and be sure to share the recipe if you do!
Olivia @ Olivia's Cuisine
Yum! This looks fantastic! Also I love that we both posted cheesecake recipes today! <3
Thanks Olivia! You can never have too many cheesecakes and great minds think alike! 🙂
Jess @ whatjessicabakednext
This cheesecake looks incredible! 😀 Love PB and chocolate!
Thanks so much, Jess! PB and chocolate is my favorite combo!
Mariah @ Mariah's Pleasing Plates
There is nothing better than cheesecake…unless its peanut butter flavored of course. I’m hooked. Need a piece stat!
Thanks Mariah! Come on over! It’ll give me an excuse to make another one!
Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
I giant peanut butter cup in Cheesecake form?!? Heaven on earth! My skirt just flew up with excitement… figuratively, because I’m wearing shorts lol. This looks fantastic, girl! And seriously, thank the Lord for kitchen mishaps because chocolate ganache on top?! Yes. Now. Uhhh huh! Gimme a slice! Pronto!
P.s. I love your honesty.. if anyone tries to say they haven’t made a few billion mistakes in the kitchen they are full of it! Cheers, chickie ♡
LOL Cheyanne! I’m glad only your figurative skit flew up! The one thing you will find a lot of over here is honesty! I’m just trying to keep things real. And after that sawdust situation, there was no way this cheesecake was leaving this house without a fork full going in my mouth. Thank goodness for chocolate ganache! Cheers, friend!
Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop
A great chef has to have her tricks! Nice job with the final product being such a success….and you can always have a salad tomorrow…today, it’s cheesecake!
Thanks Kathy! I will definitely be having salads and it’s a good thing I took it somewhere to be shared or I would have eaten the whole thing myself! There would have been buttons everywhere!
I have tried making peanut butter only once and it was kind of a disaster! This looks so creamy and is totally wanting me to try my hands at it again!
Ami, I totally know the feeling! I have had some serious culinary disasters, but this one was a success – thank goodness!
Manali @ CookWithManali
Rachelle, you must always share peanut butter recipes. ALWAYS! even if you don’t like the way pictures turned out..that’s a rule in food blogging 😀 The cheesecake looks delicious! I want to dig in right away!
Manali, thanks for schooling me on the rules. I will never have peanut butter secrets again! 🙂
Medha @ Whisk & Shout
Wow, today is the day for peanut butter cheesecake on the blogosphere, and let me tell you, each version is totally unique and looks totally delish! Yours is no exception. I love all your peanut butter recipes and the pics look lovely 🙂
Wow! How did I miss all the peanut butter action out there? I say you can never have too much peanut butter or cheesecakes!
I have never had cheesecake before in my life – and if I knew I was going to die tomorrow, I would face plant into this bad boyyyyyy!
What?!?!!? Never? There is no need to be dying in order to try some cheesecake — just DO IT!
Savita @ ChefDeHome
Cheesecake looks so so scrumptious, Rachelle! I can help myself with a big slice 🙂 pinned!
Please help yourself, Savita! And thanks for the Pin!
Kelly - Life Made Sweeter
This cheesecake makes any Monday better! I can’t think of anything better than chocolate and peanut butter!
Happy Monday, Girlfriend! There is no better combo for me!
David @ Spiced
I have no idea how a cheesecake with chocolate and peanut butter could turn out anything but good! I think you are lying and just hit that first cheesecake in your closet so that you could snack on it at your leisure. Please tell me I am right! And these photos look great…give yourself more credit here! 🙂
BUSTED! I confess, David! I’m totally hiding in my closet and hoarding that cake! And thanks for your kind words. We are always our own worst critic, right? I’m lucky to have Jennifer to bully me when I need it! 🙂
Annie @ The Garlic Diaries
Drooling over here! Chocolate and peanut butter is such an amazing combination. I make a cheesecake every year for Seth and I’s anniversary – I need to make this one this year!
Thanks Annie! Happy Anniversary!
Wow. I’m so GLAD you posted this! It’s the best cheesecake ever. My favorite flavor. Nicely done, Rachelle!
Thanks so much, Mir! PB is my fave too!
Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel
I don’t even care what this cheesecake looks like (although I think it looks really, really good) because it sounds just AMAZING! Helloooo peanut butter and chocolate! It doesn’t really get any better than that.
Thanks, girl! PB + chocolate = perfection in my book!